Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - W. I. Martindale (1883-1958)

Walter Ivan Martindale, my grand-uncle and son of Ambrose B. and Sarah (Forshee) Martindale, was born 17 September 1883. On 4 Aug 1903, he married Snowdie Chambers in Nacogdoches County, Texas. He died 2 April 1958 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.

“W. I. Martindale

W. I. Martindale, father and grandfather of three Houston law enforcement officers, died today in Houston hospital after an extended illness.

Mr. Martindale, 74, had two sons, A. C. Martindale, a former Houston police captain, who is an investigator for the Harris County Medical Examiner, and Don H. Martindale, who is bailiff for the Harris County grand jury. His grandson, A. C. Martindale Jr. is a patrolman with the Houston Police Department.

Born in Ironsdale, Mo., Mr. Martindale worked in the saw mills of Louisiana, Missouri and East Texas before coming to Houston in 1917.

He was an employe of the maintenance department of the Southern Pacific Lines from 1919 till his retirement in 1946.

Survivors besides his sons are his five daughters, Mrs. Marie Rosson, Mrs. E. R. Tripp, Mrs. E. A. Sisk, Mrs. William Knast and Mrs. E. D. Hartnett, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be announced by Heights Funeral Home.”

[Source: Undated obituary for W. I. Martindale from unknown newspaper, Spurlock, Mamie Olive (Martindale), Scrapbook, ca 1950-1970; privately held by Cheryl Anne (Chaney) Beaver, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lone Grove, Oklahoma. 2010. Photocopy in possession of Denise Spurlock.]

© 2012 Denise Spurlock


  1. I'd say the survivors were very proud of those law enforcement officers.

    1. I agree. I actually learned more about Walter's sons from his obituary than I learned about him! But, hey, I'll take any information I can glean from an obit!

  2. Hello Denise. I am one of his great-grandsons (one of the 11 grandchildren mentioned in the obituary). I have much more info about him and some of his writings that I am just starting to transcribe. Sent you an email tonight at your address on the disclosures page. I really want to connect with you.

    1. Hi, John, Thanks for visiting my blog, cousin. I'll get in touch with you by email.